Rep. Schneider says this year's Juneteenth commemoration is particularly important

Updated 6/19/2020 5:07 PM

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider said this year's Juneteenth commemoration is particularly important in light of George Floyd's recent murder by police in Minneapolis and the resulting protests.

"(It's) a time to talk about where we are as a nation and how to move forward to a better place," Schneider, a Deerfield Democrat who represents Illinois' 10th District, said during an online discussion of how Black-owned businesses are faring during the COVID-19 crisis.


Schneider went on to call slavery "America's original sin" and said the consequences of that history still reverberate in the inequality and racial discrimination many people experience today.

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